Designer Interview with Unique Elegance by Adrienne
Collection Name: Unique Elegance by Adrienne
Upcoming Event: Baltimore Fashion Week 8/12/2016
Fashion is the complete collaboration of putting together a look that meets the wearers taste, measurements and objective.
Growing up, was there anyone in your family who made you feel like designing?
My two maternal aunts: Elizabeth Young who was an educator in the Baltimore City School system that loved to dress to impress. My Aunt Sis would travel to far off places and bring back expensive fabrics i.e. raw silk and embroidered woven linen for me to make an outfit. I would pray before I got started and often wonder why she would entrust that to me. Many of the fabrics were very intimidating but I learned by making many mistakes. My Aunt Toots (Mary Aiken) was a homemaker who would give me very simple patterns and fabrics that I felt were unattractive and not complimentary for her. I would struggle to get started and to complete it. I quickly learned that despite how I may feel about the fabric and/or pattern I must do as good a job and would continuously think of ways to make it better.
What were your inspirations for the designed you created for the Baltimore Show?
Initially, I was inspired by designer Alexander McQueen with the use of a diabolic tribal print combined with my personal style and a multitude of textiles and colors while using fabrics on hand.
Rules are meant to be broken, which are your favorite fashion rules to break?
White after Labor Day.
How do you stay up to date regarding fashion?
Read fashion magazines, the Style section of the local newspaper and watch Project Runway. Taking sewing classes would also prove to be beneficial.
So if you had the choice of all fashion designers in the world to work with, who would that person be?
I have always enjoyed the fashions by Bob Mackie and is a great admirer of his work with Carol Burnett, Diana Ross, and Cher. To date, I am impressed by Lady Gaga.
What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers?
Know couture and textiles. If you don’t know the rules of the game how can you design without them. You have to know what you are working with to understand how it is going to perform on and off the runway.